A while back I learned a method for setting goals that makes them much more effective. When setting goals you should make sure they fit the SMART criteria. So what are SMART goals?
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Attainable
R – Relevant
T – Timely
My overall goal is to improve my blog, but that’s easier said than done. How do I hope to achieve such a BIG goal like that? Rather than take it all in one piece, I am going to break it up by making smaller SMART goals that are all relevant to my overall focus. Breaking a big goal up like this will not only help you focus on what you want to achieve and how to get there, but achieving smaller goals will help show that you are making progress.
Obviously these are goals I hope to achieve by the end of the month, making my goal timely, but for the other criteria it gets more complicated. Breaking the goal up into smaller pieces makes it more specific. If your goal is to gain more followers, ask yourself how many more? That makes your goal measurable. I am shooting for attainable goals that are also a challenge for me, and relevant to my overall focus.
My September SMART goals
- Post at least 3 times every week.
- Get to 180 followers on my blog.
- Exceed 650 monthly views.
- Gain 50 more followers on Twitter.
- Send one of my reviews to a literary magazine to get published.
- Take Instagram photos of 5 books.
- Spend some time interacting with bloggers at least 2 times a week.
- Review 5 books that are ARCs.
- Post 6 discussion posts this month.
This method for setting goals can be used in any area of your life. The SMART method to setting goals makes the overall goal feel a lot less overwhelming and much more achievable once you break it down. Studies also show that if you write down your goal, you are much more likely to achieve it.
Let’s chat! Comment below and share your experience with goal setting.
Do you have any goals you’re currently trying to achieve? Have you used the SMART method to write goals before? What other goals do you think would help make my blog better? Have you used goal setting to help you track how to improve your blog? Do you think it is important to set goals?